Elf Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

This week I wasn’t entirely certain what I wanted to wear on my face for the week. Usually I have some notion of the items I am going to pick but the newest eyeshadow palette I had wasn’t really speaking to me. Usually I tend to align my products chosen for the makeup bag based in part on the colors in the eyeshadow palette. Without that I decided to start in the drawer where I keep my foundation products.

It is an odd time for my skin. Some of my summer shades are beginning to look slightly too dark, but my winter shades look slightly too light. It is the issue I have every October. I have the same issue in reverse in late April/early May. The seasons are changing and my tan isn’t sure it really wants to go, but isn’t committed to staying.

applying dots before using the foundation brush

As I was contemplating this in between time, I saw a tube of product I actually forgot I had. At the beginning of the year I was testing foundations only occasionally. I hadn’t yet taken the deep plunge into the pool. One of the products I tried was the Elf poreless foundation (its in a glass bottle, this is not it). I found it a great foundation that was vastly underrated. It was one of those products you try and then wonder why everyone isn’t talking about it and then start second guessing yourself about because you think it is really good but no one else is saying anything.

At least that is how it felt at the time.

Unfortunately as it was winter and my skin was as white as it ever gets, I picked up the lightest shade appropriate for my skin. Very shortly after my testing, the sun decided to emerge and call me out into it, so I had to set the product aside. At the time I picked up this Elf tinted moisturizer SPF 20 with Aloe, cucumber, and vitamins A, C and E. I was hoping that it would perform as well as the now too pale product and I really liked the thought of the extra vitamins inside.

So I used it.

And used it.

But I forgot to review it. And then I moved on to summery shades and it was shoved to the back of the drawer. So this week, I pulled it out thinking, ‘I remember really liking this.’ And so into the makeup bag it went. I chose the products around it, as you will see in the upcoming Makeup bag post tomorrow (don’t worry I won’t spoil the surprise).

Bafe skin on the left and just the tinted moisturizer (no primer) on the right

I also noticed that the tube felt very light in the hand. After using it this week, I realized it has maybe another week’s worth of product in the tube so I will be keeping it around a second week to use it up completely.

And then it will go on my ELF wish list. And yes I am compiling an Elf wishlist. There will be products for me and many others as stocking stuffers and filling out small gift bags for family members just starting to get into wearing makeup. But again that is a tale for another time.

As you may have guessed from the fact that this is actually the first full sized foundation product I have managed to empty this year, I really liked this product. As it’s name implies, it goes onto the skin like a moisturizer. Without a primer it sits on the skin like a moisturizer. Which means it is great for evening out tone but not so great at hiding texture. So I used the elf poreless putty primer under it and all was good.

full face (no primer day) and clearly before I did anything with my hair

With the primer, you could tell that I did something to my skin (as in you knew I was wearing something because my skin looked better than usual but it didn’t look like foundation). It is a light on the skin product. Both to wear and to see. It felt like a moisturizer. Because of this it stayed on all day and I had no issues with it wearing off. If I didn’t use the primer, it would settle into lines right away and stay there. This product was designed to even skin tone. If you are worried about lines, then use a primer underneath and there are no issues. This tinted moisturizer is just not going to hide those lines.

As I love primers and have many I live to use, I had no problem with this. well clearly as the tube is almost empty. If you have dark spots or red spots, this is a product you might want to look into. It didn’t obscure all my freckles, but it did cover the sun damage spots I am still working to repair. I would say it falls into the light to medium coverage category. I’m not certain if it is the aloe or the cucumber, but it smells slightly more like skin care than it does foundation. There is no paint like smell to it and it smells kind of fresh and light. The scent isn’t strong and dissipates quickly so don’t anticipate a blast of cucumber, but when sniffed, the scent leans more towards skincare than it does makeup. At least to my nose.

I do have one caveat. When I was in my local drug store a few days ago (on the way back from the Asian Grocery we did a quick stop) I checked in and this was available for $6. However, when I went to link it to the website, the product is listed as no longer available. I’m not sure if that is a temporary or permanent thing. As I did use this product all week, I’m going to let the review stand as is which is based on the notes I took throughout the week, however on the website there are two products that look like they might be compatible. I’m going to run out this afternoon and see if they can be picked up at my drug store. If they can, I will purchase them and report back. If not I will order them, wait for them to arrive and then use them and report back in. It will just take a little longer. I will also try to find out if this product was permanently discontinued or not and let you know.

This makes me a little sad. I have about a week’s worth of the elf tinted moisturizer left and I would repurchase this in a heartbeat (and because of the low cost i would pick it up in multiple shades without a flicker of remorse) but it may not be available. I’m not going to hoard it and save that last little bit for a rainy day though, even though a small part of me kind of wants to. I will use it up and send it to the empties bin. I’m trying to get better about that. Products don’t last forever so avoiding using my favorites for the day I know I really want to look good isn’t really helpful. As my long term favorite foundation being discontinued was what sent me on theis grand foundation quest to begin with, this is somewhat disheartening.

But in the end, I did enjoy using the elf tinted moisturizer this week. Hopefully I will have something to compare it to soon. And even though I really liked this product (even better than some of the pricier foundations I’ve tried this year) there are plenty of other products I have tried and liked. So I know it isn’t the only one out there for me. Knowing that actually helps me let go.

It also gives me license to pick up two new foundations to try, so it isn’t all bad.

e.l.f. cosmetics

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